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Technician - Palaeoceanographic reconstructions of Pacific Ocean oxygenation

Technician - Palaeoceanographic reconstructions of Pacific Ocean oxygenation

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The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University

The Lyell Centre
Based at Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus, Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have joined forces to create a new research platform, the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology to become one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders; Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt, The Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine and terrestrial ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering. The Lyell Centre building project was completed in February 2016. The University is now recruiting senior academics to build research teams, supported by new state of the art analytical facilities that enable realisation of the Centre’s vision and research strategy. Together with our colleagues at BGS, the Centre aims to create a world-leading research cluster bringing science and technology together to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.

The new fusion of pure and applied expertise between Heriot-Watt and the BGS provides an opportunity to develop and use innovative methods and new technologies to create real-world solutions to address global challenges The Lyell Centre’s research themes are clustered in two main areas: Applied Geoscience and Ecosystems Science. New research laboratories in Biogeochemistry, Marine Sciences, and GeoEnergy are fundamental components to facilitate and catalyse advancement of research and outreach in the Lyell Centre.
Further information can be obtained at:


Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Biogeosciences (BG)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Ocean Sciences (OS)


Entry level

£26,715–£30,942 (Grade 6)

Preferred education
Undergraduate degree

Application deadline
14 April 2020

26 March 2020

Job description

Heriot-Watt University seeks applications for a technician to support research on the recently funded ‘Fate of ocean oxygenation in a warming world’, project with Dr Babette Hoogakker (Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University).
Oxygen is critical to the health of all higher life. Since the 1960s, oxygen concentrations in the oceans have decreased by 2% (Schmidto et al., 2017), a trend expected to continue and strengthen in the future, although to what extent is currently unclear. Part of this uncertainty relates to a poor understanding of the long-term natural ocean oxygen cycle, and the contribution of different oceanographic drivers. The newly funded project aims to significantly advance our understanding of the long-term ocean oxygen cycle and its drivers by palaeoceanographic reconstructions across key time intervals in the past, using multiple novel proxy methods.

The technician post requires a first degree in earth and ocean sciences (includes marine geology, oceanography, or marine biogeochemistry) and some experience of working in a laboratory.
The successful candidate will be involved with identifying and picking foraminifera, sample preparation and geochemical analyses, and public outreach activities. The position could potentially be interesting for individuals interested in pursuing a postgraduate degree at a later stage, wishing to gain laboratory experience in paleoceanographic proxy reconstructions.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • to support ongoing research on oxygen levels in the oceans
  • Processing, preparation and geochemical analyses of marine samples (foraminifera, bulk sediment), including work with project partners based at the University of Edinburgh (Ganeshram) and British Geological Survey in Keyworth (Chenery, Leng).
  • sample preparation (weighing, sieving, drying of sediment samples),
  • Identification and picking of foraminifera (benthic and planktonic).
  • Contribute to the outreach and public engagement activities of the research group.
  • Participating in project meetings, and working with international collaborators, at the University of Edinburgh, and the British Geological Survey.

How to apply

Please visit Heriot-Watt University’s job vacancy site and either click on View Details to see more information, or Register and Apply to submit an application.
For informal enquiries, email Dr Babette Hoogakker –